Risa Shaw, editor and Publisher of "Not Child's Play", discusses this anthology of true stories, poetry, art and fiction about sibling incest. This interview originally aired in 2001 but is being reprised as the issue of rape and incest are front and center again thanks to the extreme anti-abortion views of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Topics: incest, rape
byunknown. publication info: London: Printed for J. Millan, 1732.
The case between Catherine CadiÃ¨re and her spiritual director, Jean-Baptiste Girard, was a famous and closely-followed scandal of its time. She accused him of seduction, "spiritual incest" (that is, introducing sex into a religious relationship of power), witchcraft, and heresy. The case was so notorious that the Crown intervened, ordering the Parlement of Aix to try the complaint. Of course, the case and trial were titillating. Clerical impropriety has always been fascinating, and... Topics: spiritual incest, Jesuits, Jansenism
byauthor unknown. Publication info - London: Reprinted for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1765.
Katharine Nairn and Patrick Ogilvie were involved in a sort of eighteenth-century soap opera. Nairn was married to Thomas Ogilvie, a man twice her age. They shared their home with his younger brother Patrick and the mistress of the youngest brother of the family, Alexander. Thomas was poisoned and died. Nairn and Patrick were charged with his death, and with incest, i.e. adultery, both capital crimes. The most important witness at their trial was Alexander's mistress, Anne Clark, a former... Topics: adultery, murder, incest, prostitution